Have you heard of the new dementia strategy here in Ireland? There are currently 50,000 people with dementia in Ireland, these numbers will grow as population increases and as we all live for longer. The government has pledged to invest €27.5 million in the new dementia strategy.
What does it aim to achieve?
The new dementia strategy aims to offer support to those experiencing dementia as well as their family members. It will also foster support amongst the community, growing understanding so the general public know how to deal with a person who has dementia, whether it is helping to reduce their confusion, just being more patient or sending for help if required. The aim is to shatter the stigma around dementia – so that people neither fear it nor are embarrassed by it. It also aims to help those with dementia to stay in their own homes for as long as they wish to stay there – something that will bring comfort to many.
The funding will be used to:
- provide more resources for GPs including training materials and guides
- to make people aware of how lifestyle choices can impact on dementia, for example, lifestyle factors such as obesity or smoking can have a negative effect. Social isolation seems to play a part too so social activity is encouraged.
- ensure that health policies take account of dementia within their planning and implementation
- encourage people with dementia to participate in their own communites for as long as possible
- encourage communities to undergo training so they know how to react appropriately to those with dementia
- help prioritise end-of-life care in an appropriate setting for those with dementia
- provide resources for families and carers to help those with dementia
You can see the full strategy here.
Enda Kenny is very aware that the vast majority of people want to stay in their own home for as long as possible. They want to live as independently as they can and if that means having a carer attend them daily, then that is what they should have. At Comfort Keepers, we help people live independently in their own homes and many of our clients have been diagnosed with dementia. If someone in your family has had a recent diagnosis and you would like to chat to us about future care, do get in contact for a free consultation.